Grouse Fire Update - September 18th, 2020

Information Officer: Sarah Jorgenson
Cell: 208-565-7408


Grouse Fire Update - September 18th, 2020
• 3,980 acres
• 30 percent contained
• Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
• Start: Sept. 6
• Cause: Under investigation

Firefighters will patrol and monitor the containment lines on the northern and northeastern portions of the fire ,
mopping up areas where heat is still present. On the western flank, crews and air resources are monitoring and
mopping up where safe as difficult terrain and lack of safety zones make direct engagement difficult. Crews will
continue to check the spread of the fire towards the 166 road, as well as prep contingency line for future
operations. Fire resources will be on the lookout for expected higher winds out of the southwest as a cold front
moves through the area today.

A joint area closure of National Forest System Lands between the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests was put in
place for public safety. Forest System road 227 and F orest Highway 61 (Pine/Featherville Highway) remain open
and the closure does not apply to private land adjacent to these roads. Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth
National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek, Baumgartner and all dispersed sites are
closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground remains open.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, mopping up and
monitoring. Crews will look for opportunities to engage the fire on the western flank in less than optimal weather
conditions, providing it is safe to do so.

Weather: A red flag warning for the region has been issued for low relative humidity and gusty winds. A slight
chance of rain in the evening may give firefighters some respite.
Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. The Incident
Commander and all firefighting personnel appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the forest closure
area and the Incident Command Post.

Personnel and resources: 191 people are assigned to the fire. Four 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 2
helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 6 water tenders.

For public safety: Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency.
Know before you go. All Forest visitors are reminded to check with their local forest districts concerning forest
closures and restrictions. For further inquiries about the Grouse Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Mountain

Home District office at: (208) 587-7961.
Visit the Interactive Closure map to see closures organized by Ranger District.